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From the neighbouring school

Come the boys,

With more than their wonted noise

And commotion;

And down the wet streets

Sail their mimic fleets,

Till the treacherous pool

Engulfs them in its whirling

And turbulent ocean

Please tell me what figure of speech is used in the highlighted lines ?
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It seems a metaphor to me.
personification, prosopopoeia
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Mister Micawber, can you please explain me why do you think it metaphor .?
I figured that 'pool' represented something else: they aren't really going to a swimming pool, are they?
No it is a puddle created by rain water where boys sail there paper-ships .The drain underneath sucks the water creating a whirlpool in which the paper boats sink.I also thought it personification . I just verified it . Thanks both of you .
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Jhumjhum ... thought it personification.
I don't see how water engulfing paper ships is personification. Why is a person required for ships, paper or otherwise, to be engulfed?

The use of 'treacherous' seems as simple as ordinary exaggeration to me, so I'd call this hyperbole.

CJ
CalifJim Jhumjhum ... thought it personification.I don't see how water engulfing paper ships is personification. Why is a person required for ships, paper or otherwise, to be engulfed?The use of 'treacherous' seems as simple as ordinary exaggeration to me, so I'd call this hyperbole.CJ
CJ I considered it personification because normally the word treacherous is used for person and here the pool is called treacherous because it looks harmless from upper surface but engulfs paper boat . I am not sure, that is why I asked for your opinion. But now I am totally confused . One said hyperbole, one personification and one metaphor.
JhumjhumI considered it personification because normally the word treacherous is used for person and here the pool is called treacherous
Your reasoning is correct.
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